The Galloping Horse Test

There’s a bit of secret knitting going on at Fog Knits headquarters these days!  It can’t be shared…wah wah.  Instead, today we’re going to talk about the Galloping Horse Test.


If you aren’t familiar, the Galloping Horse Test is used to decide when a mistake should be fixed.  We all make mistakes and we all have different comfort levels about it.  Some of us obsess to varying degrees over trivial glitches and some of us steadfastly refuse to go back, moving forward despite the most glaring of errors.  How do you know what approach is the most appropriate for each particular situation?  The Galloping Horse Test.  Can your mistake be seen from the back of a galloping horse?  Yes?  Then fix it.  No?  Ignore it.  Problem solved. You never have to wonder again.  The Galloping Horse doesn’t lie!  (Magic 8 balls can’t be trusted around knitting though!)

The real question is…who devised this amazing litmus test that has saved countless knitters countless hours of worry over the years?  It sounds like Queen Elizabeth…Zimmerman, that is!  She was the opinionated knitter for a reason.  Google has not confirmed that for me.  Anybody know for sure?

I actually read EZ’s Knitting Workshop recently.  No horses but it’s super fun anyhow!  I love her opinions and her just-do-it, devil may care attitude.  It’s only knitting, after all.  No need to be so serious.  She gives great advice like ‘Don’t Panic’ and ‘Calm Yourself’.  Her instructions for knitting a turtleneck — work ribbing in the round until you’re sick of it!  It’s perfect — that’s really all the information we need.  We all know what a turtleneck is by now, yes?  She also reminds us at frequent intervals to be honest when checking gauge.  Kind of makes me wonder how often she cheated at swatching and if this was really a reminder for herself.  So, I can definitely see the Galloping Horse Test coming from her.  But who knows?  Maybe it’s even older than that?  Or newer?

Inquiring minds want to know!


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